High Visibility workwear (often referred to as just “hi-vis workwear” or “hi viz workwear”) is essential for the safety of workers in construction or any industry where increased visibility is needed.
In general, most hi-vis workwear incorporates reflective material to accomplish this purpose, although uniform pieces also tend to utilize bright colors as well. When purchasing h-visibility clothing for yourself or team it’s important to understand the differences across clothing types.
As noted above, it is important that all hi-vis workwear incorporates elements to help increase the visibility of the wearer. This starts with the clothing color, with most utilizing bright and neon yellows, oranges, and greens. In addition, it’s important to ensure that all high visibility clothing includes reflective materials on the front, back, and sides to ensure full visibility of the wearer.
Aside from the common visual elements, hi-vis workwear is identified by “classes” which denote what environment they are appropriate for, and how much enhanced visibility they must provide. Below is an overview of each class of hi-vis clothing and its intended uses:
The lowest class of hi-vis workwear is “Class 1”, which states that these workwear items have a minimum of 217 square inches of reflective material. This type of workwear is generally used for jobs in non-trafficked areas, and away from significant interruptions (e.g. closed job sites).
Given the limited visibility requirements for Class 1, parking lot attendants and workers in warehouses often utilize Class 1 workwear.
For workers in traffic control, “Class 2” hi-vis workwear is the minimum requirement. This workwear increases visibility of the wearer by requiring all workwear to have a minimum of 755 square inches of reflective material, and also requiring all reflective bands be greater than an inch in thickness. Vests and other “top wear” are still considered allowable for Class 2 hi-vis clothing.
This type of hi-vis workwear is most commonly used by workers in a traffic zone where traffic will be moving at 25mph – 50mph, and where weather conditions can impact visibility. Workers such as traffic patrol guards and school crossing guard most commonly utilize Class 2 hi-vis clothing.
The highest class of hi-vis workwear is “Class 3”, which is required for all workers in an environment where there is traffic moving faster than 50mph. This workwear has significant visibility standards, and requires all pieces to have at least 1240 square inches of reflective material, and also requires two inch thick reflective bands. In addition, an important distinction with Class 3 clothing is the requirement for hi-vis workwear elements to be present on the sleeves and pant legs.
Given the strict requirements for Class 3 hi-vis workwear, most workers utilize “full outfit” workwear to meet the requirements. Jackets, pants and coveralls are most commonly to be utilized.
Best Buy Uniforms Hi-Vis Workwear
For over 30 years Best Buy Uniforms has been providing businesses with the best quality uniforms, at the lowest prices. Our full selection of workwear includes hi-vis clothing in Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 categories. Use the links below to view our collection, and please reach out to us for any additional information.
Enhanced Visibility Cap